Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa | Most popular Churches in Goa

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Our monsoon Goa getaway sightseeing started with a visit to The ‘Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church  located in Panjim, Goa, India. It is the most popular and visited church in Goa and has featured in many Hindi films.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa

Lady of the Immaculate Conception church was built in 1541, as a chapel, which was then replaced by the present day church building in 1609.  It has asymmetrical stairways leading the main church building, which were apparently added later, some time in the 18th century.

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church also boasts of having the second largest church bell in Goa, which was installed in the bell tower in 1871; originally taken from the ruins of St. Augustine Tower & Church at Old Goa (Velha Goa) on the Holy Hill. It is it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents of Goa.


Read about my visit to St. Augustine Tower & Church at Old Goa (Velha Goa)


Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa

Located atop a hill at the end of a busy intersection, the stark white Church is a lovely sight on a sunny or even cloudy day, like one the day we visited. Most visitors were busy clicking shots of the church and themselves and we also did the same before entering the sanctum sanctorum.

It’s a quaint church which has exterior facade in rich Portuguese Baroque style architectural elements  and is painted in the bright white  color to signify the Immaculate virgin, Mother Mary. The church is said to be laid out in the orthodox cruciform fashion with a nave and a transept. Much has been written about this church, so information is available online. Sharing here some moments captured during our visit to the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.

View of Panjim from the church
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa

Do visit this beautiful and popular Church when in Panjim, Goa for a first hand feel of the richness of Portuguese architectural history in India, especially in Goa.


Planning for a monsoon getaway to Goa, then these articles may be of interest:

Monsoon getaway to Goa

Mario Miranda Gallery in Panjim, Goa

Walking around in  Fontainhas heritage area of Panjim, Goa

Evening at Miramar Beach, Panjim, Goa

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